MILES Davis was an American jazz trumpeter who became one of the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz.
Pioneering the bebop style alongside Charlie Parker, Davis went on to record the seminal album ‘Kind of Blue’ and continued being an artistic innovator throughout his life.
On Sunday, April 28 Sam Massey will be performing some pieces composed by Miles Davis in the Marine Theatre bar in Lyme Regis, including ‘All Blues’, and many associated with Davis over his career, such as ‘Stella by Starlight’.
Massey has been hailed as a “fine trumpet player” by the Guardian and he will also be playing flugelhorn to add a contrasting mellow timbre for some of the tunes, accompanied by Philip Clouts at the piano.
Sam has performed alongside top-class musicians from across the UK, including the legendary Devon based bandleader Mike Westbrook and Radio 2 favourite Clare Teal.
As a performer, arranger and composer, he and his music have been broadcast on numerous BBC, Jazz FM and RAI (Italy) programmes and is found on critically acclaimed albums by artists such as American soul singer PP Arnold and ska band The Simmertones.
Performing with ensembles across the UK & Europe, Sam has performed to sell-out crowds at the Welsh Millennium Centre, Kings Place Hall One, Gaz Arte (Athens) and St Ives Jazz Club.
His own jazz projects include a seven-piece ensemble featuring his own compositions and arrangements, and a new six-piece crossover wind ensemble Superlocrian.
Jazz giant Miles Davis was at the forefront of many key developments in the history of jazz. His best known albums include ‘Birth of the Cool’, ‘Kind of Blue’, ‘Porgy and Bess’ and ‘In a Silent Way’, and continue to have a lasting impact on musicians and listeners to this day.
Davis had a very impressive virtuosic trumpet style which could also be very sparse, making every note count.
The audience can expect a wide variety of enjoyable tunes on April 28, all reflecting the incredible talent of one of the foremost figures in the jazz world.
The Marine Theatre bar will open at 7pm on April 28 for an 8pm start. Tickets cost £8 in advance 0r £12 on the door. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit www.marinetheatre.com